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I had aVery Hard time when my mother was sick.

I had my mother very sick, she was admitted to same hospital where I was working and had a very hard time to take days off or even going to see her for a few minutes. The excuse was that I was not sick and was not suppose to take time off after spending ...
—INESNY

What happens when your not expecting Twins

My husband and were fortunate that we did not have fertility issues but that also left us totally unprepared when we found out we were having twins. I was fortunate to work for a company that went above and beyond FLMA. I received twelve weeks paid ...
—Michelle

family leave

When I had my son, I was able to take maternity leave, but it was unpaid and my employer required that I pay the full cost (the portion my employer normally paid plus the portion I normally had to pay) of my health insurance out of pocket during my maternity ...
—ElizabethWA

Keri Jade

my first reaction was hun, I was waiting for the cameras to roll into the office. I thought I was being punked.

After many years of trying to conceive I had since given up. I was 46 years old and about to have my first. She was a 22 weeker. Against everything ...

—SharonPA

FMLA Fortunate

I was allowed up to 6mo. (State of MN policy) unpaid leave (not enough vacation or sick-leave accrued for paid) & my spouse had 12wks. FMLA (federal employee) that he was able to use (because he had 6wks. vacation & 6wks. sick-leave accrued each time) ...
—LeslieMN

Before FMLA

When I had my children, there was no FLMA. My first child was born in 1963 while my husband was stationed in Moracco with the Air Force. Our second child was born in Minot, North Dakota in an Air Force Hospital. My husband was in the Air Force, and ...
—AnnaTX

Before FMLA

When I had my children, there was no FLMA. My first child was born in 1963 while my husband was stationed in Morocco with the Air Force. Our second child was born in Minot, North Dakota in an Air Force Hospital. My husband was in the Air Force, and ...
—AnnaTX

FMLA---Not just for new moms!

FMLA was very helpful after the birth of both of my children. We receive health insurance through my job, so I wouldn't have been able to maintain our family's health insurance without it.

Also, I am a pediatrician, and I care for children in the ...

—SuzanneCA

Getting through Leukemia

My son Joey, four years old at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001. I was working as a nurse then, and don't know how I would have gotten through that experience without unpaid family leave. Being able to have those weeks off without fear ...

Getting through Leukemia

My son Joey, four years old at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001. I was working as a nurse then and don't know how I would have gotten through that experience without family leave, even though it was unpaid. Being able to have those weeks ...
—MaryaNJ

Family Leave

Twice I have used the Family Leave. Once when my son was very ill, I used this to take care of him in the hospital. Now I have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and this allows my husband to take time off work to transport me to my doctor's office ...
—TheresaFL

FMLA not long enough to prevent reverse-cycling

I took FMLA when my son was born. It took two weeks for Short Term Disability to kick in. I was fortunate enough that my employer at the time covered those two weeks at full pay. After STD ran out (it only lasted for 4 weeks), I used a combination of ...
—AllisonTX

Eldercare

Caring for my 90 yr old mother-in-law was a labor of love but also great sacrifice. For the 10 yrs she lived with us, I couldn't really work and local help was either non-existent or way too expensive for my husband and I. So now I'm 77 and my ...
—GraceGA

Family Leave

Luckily I had some paid family leave when my son was born and the FMLA was applcable at my place of employment. However, I had to save up leave for years in order to be able to have paid leave. I had 8 wks of paid leave accrued when my son was born. ...
—MartiSC
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